An Anime Series Review: Blue Exorcist (2011)

Blue Exorcist anime

Director: Tensai Okamura|Based on the Blue Exorcist manga by: Kazue Kato


IMDb Overview: Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin Okumura is a boy who bears the curse of being Satan’s illegitimate son. His foster father sacrificed himself to save him from demons. To avenge his foster father’s death as well as to prove himself, Rin decides to follow the path of an exorcist.



Anime News Network Overview: Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth – the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself.

A Blue Exorcist Anime Review

Blue Exorcist Episode Count: 25 episodes

Characters: Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rin Okumura, Jun Fukuyama as Yukio Okumura, Kana Hanazawa as Shiemi Moriyama, Kazuya Nakai as Ryūji SuguroAyahi Takagaki as Kuro, Eri Kitamura as Izumo Kamiki, Hiroshi Kamiya as Mephisto Pheles, Keiji Fujiwara as Shirō Fujimoto, Koji Yusa as Renzō Shima, Rina Satou as Shura Kirigakure, Tetsuya Kakihara as Amaimon, Yuuki Kaji as Konekomaru Miwa



Blue Exorcist was released in 2011. Crackle had begun to stream it for their anime selection. When I came across it thought the story sounded really interesting. Also the cover image for Blue Exorcist was beautiful. In anime the anime’s cover image is an almost perfect representation of an anime’s animation quality. Recently in 2013 recalled how in 2011 saw this interesting anime’s first episode halfway through. The reason never finished it at the time was because Crackle’s streaming was incredibly slow and glitchy at the time. Although finally got around to watching the complete 25 episode series this May.


Blue Exorcist actually happens to have been based on a manga series by Kazue Kato. At the beginning of May happened to read Vol. 1-2  to make sure Blue Exorcist was something really was interested in watching in anime form and also to get a feel for the series. The manga itself was fun ( which means have to buy the rest of the manga and soon!) and the anime follows the manga mostly really closely. Although back to the anime the character designs and backgrounds are quite unique. The animation is quite colorful and has this pastel look in its coloring. The characters themselves all have believably real and differing personalities which makes you really love the characters. As a Blue Exorcist fan, Rin Okumura’s my favorite, then Shiemi and Yukio Okumura. The concept mythology of demons and Gehenna (demon world) and Assiah (human world) as two mirrors side by side makes for great storytelling. Blue Exorcist has a lot to offer from action, superb animation, and characters. Really not at all surprised that sometime this Summer ,Blue Exorcist, will be getting a movie based off the anime series!


Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy


Recommendation Level: Extremely High

Anime Soundtrack Side-note

Opening Theme:

“Core Pride” by UVERworld

#2: “In My World” by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D

Ending Theme:

“Take Off” by 2PM

#2: “Wired Life” by Meisa Kuroki


OP #1: The Op is done by UVERworld! The lyrics and vocals are amazing. This is a band that really recommend. The animation sequence really fits the song perfectly.

ED #1: One of the most lively songs and does make Blue Exorcist’s first ED a good end.

OP#2: Definitely fits with Blue Exorcist’s serious melancholy theme in the series.


ED#2: The ED is really catchy and fits to the anime as well.